Agenda and draft minutes
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The Chairman explained that the meeting would be conducted in accordance with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panel (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 No. 392.
The Chairman welcomed all Members, officers and members of the public to the meeting.
The Chairman reminded Members that the pre-election period had started and that Planning applications must still be determined, and all Members needed to take extra care with what they said and how they said it during the meeting.
Members who were standing in May’s elections had the same rights as other Members to speak and take part in the meeting.
The Chairman asked Members in particular to refrain from making any points which were obviously party-political in nature, or which were not directly related to the issues being discussed, or which were intended to cast positive or negative lights on individuals.
To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 April 2021 (Minute Nos. 608 - 613) as a correct record.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 April 2021 (Minute Nos. 608 – 613) were taken as read, approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves or their spouse, civil partner or person with whom they are living with as a spouse or civil partner. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
The Chairman will ask Members if they have any interests to declare in respect of items on this agenda, under the following headings:
(a) Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI) under the Localism Act 2011. The nature as well as the existence of any such interest must be declared. After declaring a DPI, the Member must leave the meeting and not take part in the discussion or vote. This applies even if there is provision for public speaking.
(b) Disclosable Non Pecuniary (DNPI) under the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council in May 2012. The nature as well as the existence of any such interest must be declared. After declaring a DNPI interest, the Member may stay, speak and vote on the matter.
(c) Where it is possible that a fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts would conclude that there was a real possibility that the Member might be predetermined or biased the Member should declare their predetermination or bias and then leave the meeting while that item is considered.
Advice to Members: If any Councillor has any doubt about the existence or nature of any DPI or DNPI which he/she may have in any item on this agenda, he/she should seek advice from the Monitoring Officer, the Head of Legal or from other Solicitors in Legal Services as early as possible, and in advance of the Meeting.
No interests were declared.
To consider the attached report (Parts 2, 3 and 5).
The Council operates a scheme of public speaking at meetings of the Planning Committee. All applications on which the public has registered to speak will be taken first. Requests to speak at the meeting must be registered with Democratic Services (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01795 417328) by noon on Wednesday 28 April 2021.
Tabled update for item 2.1 added 28 April 2021.
Tabled documents for item 2.5 added 29 April 2021.
Additional information added on 29 April 2021 which might be referred to at the meeting.
Applications for which PERMISSION is recommended
The Senior Planning Officer introduced the application and referred to the tabled update which had previously been circulated to Members and added to the website. He clarified that the application site was mainly within Boughton-under-Blean Parish, but small parts of it were also within Graveney-with-Goodnestone and Hernhill Parish. All three Parish Councils had been consulted and had provided comments on the application. The Senior Planning Officer gave an overview of the site and explained that access would be from Staple Street; the crematorium was located in the north-western part of the site; there would be a car park to the west of the site; and there would be additional landscaping to supplement what was already on the site.
In the absence of Parish Councillor Carol Clayson, representing Boughton-under-Blean Parish Council, her speech against the application was read-out by the Democratic Services Officer.
Mrs Sharon Lindsey, a supporter, spoke in support of the application.
Mr Jamieson Hodgson, the Applicant, spoke in support of the application.
The Chairman moved the officer recommendation to approve the application and this was seconded by Councillor Lee McCall.
A Ward Member who was also a member of the Planning Committee acknowledged the need for a crematorium and welcomed the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Model (BREEAM) rating of ‘very good’ and the bio-diversity net gain. He spoke on the traffic concerns raised by the Parish Councils, and explained that Staple Street was a narrow country lane, and was impacted when there were traffic issues on the M2 and A2. The Ward Member welcomed the ease of access from the A299. He highlighted the loss of grade 1 agricultural land and considered the proposal for a crematorium close to Herne Bay, which was to be determined by Canterbury City Council, could be an alternative site to serve the Borough. He added that the site was generally well screened, but was clearly visible from Chalkey Road.
A visiting Ward Member agreed with the above comments.
Resolved: That application 20/503666/FULL be approved subject to conditions (1) to (33) in the report, and to add the ‘reason’ for condition (3) as set-out in the tabled update.
The Senior Planning Officer introduced the application and explained that the application site was within the built-up area of Minster. He reminded Members that a similar ... view the full minutes text for item 630.
Adjournment of Meeting
The meeting was adjourned from 8.37 pm to 8.43 pm.